CVS Fires Pharmacist For Refusing To Fill Transgender Woman’s Hormone Prescription

CVS fired a pharmacist on Friday, July 20, after he refused to fill a transgender woman’s hormone prescription in Fountain Hills, Arizona, this past April.

The woman, Hilde Hall, wrote a blog post for the ACLU in which she recounted the experience.

After years of working to affirm my identity in a world where transgender people are questioned constantly about how well they know themselves, the pharmacist refused to fill one of the prescriptions needed to affirm my identity.

He did not give me a clear reason for the refusal. He just kept asking, loudly and in front of other CVS staff and customers, why I was given the prescriptions.

After nearly three months, CVS finally spoke on the incident via Twitter:

The conduct of the pharmacist, who is no longer employed by CVS, violated company policies and does not reflect our values or our commitment to inclusion, nondiscrimination and the delivery of outstanding patient care.

There is no word on when CVS fired the pharmacist.

And with this action, CVS has created a new standard for its pharmacists.

Arizona is one of the states technically affected by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which the court decided that independent vendors could refuse service to any customers based on religious beliefs.

Since CVS is a private company, however, that decision was irrelevant to this particular pharmacist.

Ms. Hall has not yet commented on the company’s statement, but her response is likely forthcoming.

H/T: ACLU, Buzzfeed News